Service Agreement between
FLAGS National Scout Activity Support Unit &
The Scout Association
1st April 2014 to 31st March 2016
FLAGS (The Unit) may also be known as FLAGS Scout Active Support Unit.
The purpose of The Unit is to provide support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adult Members of The Scout Association (TSA) and raise awareness, both internally and externally, that TSA openly welcomes LGBT members.
What Does That Mean?
We provide signposting and support to Members of The Scout Association around LGBT matters.
We encourage new adults into Scouting and raise awareness that Scouting openly welcomes both LGBT adults and young people as Members.
We provide LGBT adults in Scouting with a network to meet other adults and develop their skills.
We support the work of HQ teams, and provide support at Scouting events.
We support Members of TSA to attend Pride events across the UK.
We measure the impact of all our work to demonstrate our effectiveness.
Who We Are
The Unit is a national network of LGBT adults in Scouting and supporters; allowing members to share best practice, offer advice and guidance and be an acknowledged reference point for UK Headquarters and County/Area Teams.
The Unit Manager appoints coordinators to look after financial matters (Finance Coordinator) and membership details (Membership Coordinator). The Unit Manager also appoints other coordinators when necessary in consultation with the national Manager (Scout Active Support). These might include an Events Coordinator and a Communications Coordinator.
The Unit is responsible for its own monies, as part of The Scout Association. The financial year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year. Our accounts are to be provided to The Accounts Dept., Scout Association Headquarters, as soon as possible following the financial year end and a local Independent examination. In the event of The Unit closing, all assets of The Unit would be transferred to The Scout Association in accordance with POR (Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association).
Conditions of Membership
All members of The Unit must be, or must become, Members or Associate Members of The Scout Association. The Unit is open to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, providing they support the vision and goals of The Unit.
All members are asked to take an active part in the operation of The Unit, either by attending at least one Unit event each year or by providing visible support on issues affecting LGBT members. The Unit Manager has the discretion to waive this requirement when there are extenuating circumstances.
Members are entitled to wear The Unit uniform scarf, which is a rainbow design. This is available to purchase upon joining The Unit. All members receive a Unit Name Tape.
All members of The Unit must hold a current, valid disclosure on their membership record. If you do not have a current disclosure, or your disclosure is due to expire, contact the Membership Coordinator for assistance.
All members of The Unit must complete Module 1 (Essential Information) of The Scout Associationís Adult Training Scheme. If you have previously validated the training then you donít have to do them again. The training requirement for this module is outlined on The Scout Association website and the Unit will provide any support that you need. All members most complete Safeguarding Awareness Training at least once every five years. Coordinators and the Unit Manager complete further training relevant to their roles.
Each member of the Unit will have their FLAGS membership reviewed every 5 years to record the assistance that the member has provided to the unit. Membership reviews are conducted by the Unit Manager (or his/her designate).
All members of The Unit must pay The Unitís annual membership fee by 31st April each year. The fee will be £10 per year, and agreed at the units annual camp in March. If you arenít already a member of The Scout Association in your local area, then you must also pay the National Membership fee for that year to The Unit. The Unit will be responsible for paying all such fees to The Scout Association on your behalf. Annual census returns are completed by 28th February each year.